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Mr. Jerry Irvine

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Chief Information Officer

Phone: (847) ***-****  
Email: j***@***.com
Prescient Solutions
1515 Woodfield Rd., Suite 880
Schaumburg , Illinois 60173
United States

Company Description: Prescient Solutions is a Chicago-based IT outsourcer, using a cloud-based model to provide IT solutions to small, mid-sized, global organizations and government...   more
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"The issue to date is that ...
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"The issue to date is that devices are vulnerable just by the fact that they exist and can connect to the Internet," says Jerry Irvine, member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Cybersecurity Leadership Council and CIO of Prescient Solutions.
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One big problem with these devices, says Irvine, is that they're not always built with security in mind, which is why they can be the backdoor into infiltrating a system that's otherwise guarded.
Think of e-readers, Irvine says. "They're easily hackable because they have no antivirus system, no data loss applications. Another example he gives: smoke alarms. There's no real security protection on them, not like you'd find with your typical laptop or smartphone. If someone gets in through that smoke alarm, and you don't have a wall between where it connects to your computer, that bad guy can get right in.
"Remember, when Target was hacked, they were hacked through their heating and air conditioning system," Irvine says.
[Related: Consumers think IoT security is a piece of cake; IT pros have another name for it]
However, there are some steps you can take. The first is to keep devices updated. "Operating systems on their firmware become vulnerable," Irvine says. "Updates are made because someone outside of the company has notified the company that there is some kind of weakness."
Another no brainer, he says: a strong password - one that's not also used for anything else, especially any banking programs. As many blockades as your financial institutions put up against bad guys, nothing will stop them if someone yanks your username and password from the database of what you thought was a harmless thing that connects to the Internet.
If you're going to be connecting a lot of smart devices at home - TV, thermostat, baby monitor, garage door opener, these kinds of things - Irvine suggests setting up a separate network from those devices, one that works on Wi-Fi your computer never touches. He recommends a virtual private network (VPN) so that, if one of your new connected things gets infected with a virus, it won't bleed over onto your important devices to grab passwords and sensitive information.
A BYOD strategy can bolster workplace productivity
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"You need to define those parameters, that there is no additional requirement to do more work because of having these devices," Jerry Irvine, a CIO with Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force, told the news outlet.
Open to the public, the one-hour ...
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Open to the public, the one-hour event will feature Jerry Irvine, a national expert in combating cyber crime. Irvine is a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force, a joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce responsible for advising on cyber security policy. The seminar promises to offer practical help on preventing cyber attacks, whether on families or business owners.
Over Thanksgiving, online sales jumped 26% from a year earlier. Online buyers often use multiple devices in the buying process and thus expose themselves to hackers, especially through unsecured wireless connections, the hole through which hackers creep in.
"Firewalls today look like Swiss cheese," says Jerry Irvine, CIO and partner of Prescient Solutions, a Chicago-area IT staffing firm.
Families and businesses are especially vulnerable. According to Irvine, most commonly these hacks are a result of phishing, the activity of defrauding an online user of financial information by posing as a legitimate company. Irvine says the average person receives 75 phishing scams a day and clicks on 25 of them. Surreptitiously, phishers gain access to your system and use malware to tap into financial information you thought was secure.
Irvine's expertise on cyber security has been featured in a number of national and industry publications including The New York Times, WGN Radio, and Wired magazine.
IT certifications becoming more crucial than ever - VAR Staffing
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A recent CSO Online article, features an interview with Jerry Irvine. As CIO of IT consulting firm Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force, Irvine holds more than 20 different IT certifications. Several of them are information security-oriented.
"I'll stop getting certifications when I'm dead," Irvine said.
When in China, don't leave your laptop alone - Berkley Tech
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"We have found that travelers going to countries in Asia, the Russian Federation, the Baltic states, and even parts of South America have their systems attacked and most likely breached while abroad," says Jerry Irvine, CIO at IT outsourcing provider Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Partnership, an organization established to develop shared strategies and programs to better secure critical information infrastructure in the United States.
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